Friday, 4 April 2014

Lady Gaga in Saint Laurent - New York Street Style

Lady Gaga in Saint Laurent - New York Street Style
Lady Gaga / JustJared | Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2014

Lady Gaga was pictured around New York City on 3 April 2014. The American artiste wore a multi coloured jacquard 'Le Smoking' jacket from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane Spring Summer 2014.

That multi coloured abstract water colour print-ish jacket is my favourite piece from the entire Spring Summer 2014 collection (honest), so when Lady Gaga wore it, I was able to identify it straight away. I did check the womenswear main and pre collections to see if the same print was used, but I could not find a match. The jacket was a little oversized for Lady Gaga, then again it could be deliberate, she's the fashion forward one. So it led me to the conclusion: she's wearing the piece from the menswear collection.

In a way it is interesting: the 'Le Smoking' jacket has always been an iconic piece within the house of Saint Laurent. Created in 1966 by Yves Saint Laurent, the 'Le Smoking' tuxedo suit for women was the first of its kind to earn attention in the fashion world and in popular culture. It pioneered long, minimalist, androgynous styles for women, as well as the use of power suits and the pantsuit in modern-day society. It seemed normal and perfectly acceptable for us to blur the boundaries between menswear and womenswear now. I guess back in the early days, women in suits and tuxedos were considered ground breaking.

Yves Saint Laurent only started designing menswear from 1974. If I am correct, the iconic 'Le Smoking' jacket was introduced, or brought back to the menswear collections after Yves Saint Laurent has left the house. In a way, I think it is a tribute to the late designer by introducing the 'Le Smoking' jacket to the menswear collections, although it was menswear to begin with.

So Lady Gaga wore a menswear piece, which originated as menswear but pioneered and found fame as womenswear in the 60s, and now being brought back into the menswear fold. Now are we clearer or non the wiser?

Lady Gaga in Saint Laurent - New York Street Style
Lady Gaga / JustJared

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